A partner visa in Australia is a type of visa that allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to live in Australia. This visa is also known as a spouse visa or de facto visa.
To be eligible for a partner visa, you must be in a genuine and ongoing relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This can be a same-sex or opposite-sex relationship. The partner visa application process involves several steps, including lodging an expression of interest, submitting an application, providing evidence of your relationship, and attending an interview.
There are two types of partner visas in Australia: the temporary partner visa (subclass 820/309) and the permanent partner visa (subclass 801/100). The temporary visa allows you to live and work in Australia while your permanent visa application is being processed. Once your permanent visa is approved, you can live and work in Australia indefinitely.
Here are the general eligibility requirements for both subclasses:
- Genuine and ongoing relationship: You must be in a genuine and ongoing relationship with your Australian partner. You will be required to provide evidence of your relationship, such as joint financial documents, joint lease agreements, photographs, and communication records.
- Health and character requirements: You must meet the health and character requirements set by the Australian government. This includes providing police certificates from all countries you have lived in for more than 12 months, and completing a medical examination.
- Sponsorship: Your Australian partner must be willing to sponsor you and provide financial support for up to two years after your visa is granted. They must also be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
- Age: You must be at least 18 years old when you apply for the visa.
- Visa status: You must meet the visa status requirements for the subclass you are applying for, including being in Australia for subclass 820 and outside Australia for subclass 309.
- No previous visa cancellations or refusals: If you have had a visa cancelled or refused in the past, it may affect your eligibility for the partner visa.
Prospective Marriage Visa
The 300 visa, also known as the Prospective Marriage visa, is another type of partner visa in Australia. It allows the fiancé(e) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to enter Australia and marry their partner within nine months of the visa being granted. Once the marriage has taken place, the visa holder can apply for a partner visa to remain in Australia permanently.
To be eligible for the 300 visa, you must be outside of Australia and engaged to an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You must also be able to demonstrate that you have met your fiancé(e) in person and that your relationship is genuine and ongoing.
The application process for the 300 visa involves several steps, including lodging an expression of interest, submitting an application, providing evidence of your relationship and intention to marry, and attending an interview. You must also meet health and character requirements.
The 300 visa is a temporary visa that allows you to enter Australia and get married, but it does not provide permanent residency on its own. You must apply for a partner visa (subclass 820/801 or 309/100) after your marriage to remain in Australia permanently.
The partner visa application process can be complex and time-consuming. It is recommended that you seek professional assistance from a registered migration agent or immigration lawyer to ensure that your application is complete and accurate.
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